**Feb 25, 2019 Update: This Canadian SPG Amex card is no longer available for new applications. New Card available Feb 26th, 2019**

While it’s widely accepted that Canadian credits cards offer lower bonuses and perks than their American counterparts, some cards in Canada are in fact closing that gap. SPG Amex Canada has announced recent upgrades (15 Elite Night Credits) to its benefits, while SPG Amex US has increased the spend limit to achieve Gold Elite status from 30k to 35k, starting January 1, 2019. Essentially, with 15 elite nights benefit and Silver Elite Status, Canadian members (like US members) would only need 10 more nights to qualify for Gold Elite membership or 35 nights for Platinum Elite status. Does this mean the Canadian version of the SPG Amex credit card is better than its US counterpart? No, but it certainly has minimized the the benefits gap.

SPG Amex Credit Card – US vs Canada:

Below is the head to head of the two cards, the benefits bolded are the category winners imo.

 

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 SPG Amex (US)
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SPG Amex (Canada)
(This card is no longer available for new applications)
Annual FeeFirst Year Free, then $95 USD$120 CAD
Welcome Bonus75,000 points (with $3000 spend in first 3 months)50,000 points (with $1500 spend in first 3 months)
Earning Rate6: $1 at SPG and Marriott
2: $1 all other purchases
5: $1 at SPG and Marriott
2: $1 all other purchases
Special PerksNo Foreign Transaction Fee
Premium Internet access at participating SPG and Marriott
• 15 Elite Night Credits (Coming soon)
• Annual anniversary Free night award
• Automatic Silver Status
• Upgrade to Gold Elite status with 35K spend per year
• Transfer points to over 40 airlines
• 15 Elite Night Credits (Coming soon)
• Annual anniversary Free night award
• Automatic Silver Status
• Upgrade to Gold Elite status with 30K spend per year
• Transfer points to over 40 airlines

 

Take Away

With first year free annual fee, no foreign exchange fee, higher welcome bonus and earning rate, the US SPG Amex credit card (referral link) is still a better card, overall. The Canadian SPG Amex credit card has improved and will continue to be the primary SPG/Marriott card in Canada. Best Marriott earning card in Canada however, is the Cobalt American Express card.

 

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